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Jeff Burgar It’s a familiar story in politics: When all else fails, bash somebody. These days, in Alberta, we never really passed the milepost at “When all else fails”. We went right to “Let’s fire up the big red anger…

Richard Froese The provincial election is over [on the newspaper publication date] and results will be official by the end of the week. Voters cast ballots on April 16. Did voters in Alberta elect a new government? Was four years…
A $1 million bill in 2 years is insane

During the last few years, we have heard every conceivable pro and con about the carbon tax. Those who support it say the dough collected will be re-invested in clean energy products. Those how oppose it say it’s nothing but…

It’s election time and I have a few things to say. First, US President Donald Trump is an egregious human being, totally lacking in any true decency. He cares about two things: himself, money and a little bit Ivanka. The…

Tom Henihan With every passing day, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney’s credibility issues become more apparent. What is it about conservative politics in general that Kenney has been caught lying again, this time while trying to justify cutting overtime…

Jeff Burgar If clapping hands and hoots and cheers at last weeks all-candidates forum means anything, it’s going to be a close race in the High Prairie region between incumbent MLA Danielle Larivee and UCP candidate Pat Rehn. Going one…
Did we honestly need another bylaw?

Editor’s note: The column published in the print edition of South Peace News did not clearly identify the conversation had with the HP RCMP Staff Sergeant was several years ago, not with the current Staff Sergeant. I covered court for…

Where is the equal in equalization? I have concerns regarding our current economic challenges in Alberta. Still in a recession and the challenges of job creation, energy investment, pipeline approval and international trade continue to plague us all. More importantly…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign his office and sit as the Member of Parliament for Papineau. * Puglaas [Jody Wilson-Raybould] be appointed interim leader and acting prime minister. * Parliamentary dignity, integrity, respect – a certain cure to far…

Jeff Burgar You may find yourself in a strange chit chat with a person who never lived or travelled north of Red Deer. We have. More than a few times, actually. “So,” half-jokingly one asked, “Does anybody live in igloos…

Jeff Burgar There is sort of a standing joke in circles travelled by town, county and city councillors and officials. This is a 20- or 30-year story. Maybe longer. It goes like this: Places like Grande Prairie and Leduc and…

Jeff Burgar Federal and provincial elections bring out many ideas. Yet so far, not much mention of the Alberta old boy’s club of fat cronies. After 42 years of the Conservative dynasty, the number of leeches and porkers sucking the…
Clegg – We have to get Quebec’s attention

If anyone thinks politicians from smalltown Alberta are going to get Quebec’s attention I don’t want to sip the water they’re drinking. Nonetheless, it appears Alberta will send a healthy contingent of politicians to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference…

Chris Clegg I am fascinated on how much money we spend on garbage. Think about it. We buy a product, then toss what’s left in the trash bin. If you live in a town or city, you usually pay someone…

Jeff Burgar We country folk might be our own worst enemies. This idea came up when hearing the problems some local businesses hoping to attract new people to work for them are having. One can make a huge list of…